A Bournemouth University research project that supports older carers in the community has won the Special Recognition award at the Daily Echo Proud to Care Awards 2017.
The project, which studied the prevalence of carers in the community and how older people are being relied upon to look after partners and family members, has been recognised for its contribution in the community. The particular research group recognised were male carers over the age of 85. It is a collaboration between older carers and the PIER (Public Involvement in Education and Research) partnership, which was funded by Dorset Healthwatch.
Speaking about the award win, Dr Mel Hughes, one of the lead academics on the project, said, “We are delighted with this award as it recognises the older carers for what they have achieved by being part of the older carers research study. Sharing their stories and insights with others through the making of such a powerful film has had significant impact on the carers themselves and on the health and social care practitioners and other carers who view it.”
The project has already received acclaim, when it was featured on BBC One news programme South Today.
A full list of winners from the Proud to Care Awards can be found on the Bournemouth Echo website.
For more information about the research into carers taking place at BU, visit their pages on the BU website.